Devons Road & St Paul’s Way placemaking field trip

LB Tower Hamlets has the fastest growing and one of the youngest populations in the UK. Young people can be challenging to engage, but several local organisations are succeeding, using digital engagement, education, training and design programmes to involve young people in projects relating to local placemaking and employment. On 26 September, we … [Read more...]

Placemaking field trip: Rye Lane

Peckham is one of the UK’s most diverse neighbourhoods and one of London’s fastest-changing areas. The growth of creative industries over the last decade has helped shift Peckham’s reputation. It’s also shifting the mix of residents and businesses as well as intensifying activity in this busy, well-connected town centre. On 26 July, we visited Rye … [Read more...]

Smarter Cities: Town Centres workshop

Smart Cities are a hot topic, with great potential to address intractable urban problems through innovation – and with all hype and uncertainty that come with new areas of endeavour. Getting started with smart-city technologies and systems can seem overwhelming, but there are good reasons to engage. Join us as we kick off our Smarter Cities … [Read more...]

28 June placemaking conference

Our 2017 placemaking programme is in full swing: we’ve held a debate, roundtable and workshop; several field trips across London; and our 28 June conference, our largest event to  date. The full-day conference, sponsored by Countryside Properties, Lendlease, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Arup and Regeneris, looked at the value of … [Read more...]

Placemaking field trip: Thamesmead

With two housing zones, a committed DLR extension, a Crossrail station, over £1bn of investment and a place within the GLA’s Thames Estuary Production Corridor, Thamesmead appears set to overturn its negative reputation linked to the perceived failures of post-war planning. Previous Future of London programmes have reviewed estate renewal and … [Read more...]

Placemaking field trip: Ladbroke Grove

Ladbroke Grove is an iconic place in London, with markets, independent businesses, nightlife, arts, festivals and a diverse resident population animating the area against the backdrop of the imposing Westway flyover. On 23 May, Future of London visited the area as part of our 2017 placemaking programme. Regeneration charity Westway Trust started … [Read more...]

Placemaking field trip: King’s Cross

Over two decades in the making, King’s Cross is one of Europe’s largest redevelopment sites. Upon completion in 2020, King’s Cross will provide up to 2,000 homes, 10 new public spaces and a mix of commercial, retail, hotel, leisure and educational uses. On 25 April, Future of London visited King’s Cross to learn about the placemaking strategies … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Working together to deliver healthy placemaking

This month’s Spotlight is a guest blog from Naomi Pomfret, Planning Policy Manager at London Borough of Barking and Dagenham; Dr Fiona Wright, Consultant in Public Health; and John Craig, Care City Chief Executive.   It is easy to say that better collaboration leads to better outcomes and that a better environment improves health. But … [Read more...]

Communicating placemaking priorities

Perspectives on the role and value of placemaking in London’s public realm can vary widely, if not wildly. Community groups, residents, businesses, landowners, councils, developers, cultural or educational organisations and other service providers may have different expectations of improving a place, with commercial, environmental and social … [Read more...]

Smarter Planning for Smarter Cities roundtable

Through winter 2016-17, with the backing of LB Ealing and LB Southwark, Future of London interviewed public- and private-sector planning professionals to understand the inefficiencies and blockages in development management – and to unearth proven and potential ways to improve. Those findings are  and fed into a senior roundtable on 7 … [Read more...]